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Rex Blood Services Issues Call to Action for Donations During Critical Shortage

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2012

Contact: Alan M. Wolf
(919) 784-4467
alan.wolf@rexhealth.com

What
Rex Blood Services is issuing a call to action to the Triangle community as a blood shortage reaches a critical level. Supplies are extremely low, especially for certain blood types, including A+, A- and B+, said Donor Services Coordinator Emilie Sanders Watson. Rex officials anticipate that if the blood supply isn't replenished soon, there will be trouble fulfilling requests. In addition to Rex Hospital, Rex Blood Services provides blood to other area hospitals.

Why
This time of year is traditionally slow for blood donations, with many regular donors on vacation during the summer months. Blood supplies also have declined locally and nationally due to many people staying indoors because of the heat wave and drought.

When
Interested donors are able to visit the Rex Blood center Monday and Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There are free lunches for donors Mondays and Fridays from noon to 2 p.m., and appointments are strongly recommended during those times. Donors also can enter drawings for free food vouchers, passes to Raleighwood Cinema Grill, Carolina Mudcats tickets, $100 gas cards and other prizes. The center also is open on the first and third Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To schedule an appointment to donate blood, call Rex Blood Services at (919) 784-4750.

Where
The Rex donor center is located at 2709 Blue Ridge Rd., Suite 150, across the street from Rex Hospital. There are also mobile blood drives scheduled throughout the community. To learn more visit rexhealth.com/blood.

Media Note
To hear from donors about why they choose to give, we invite media to take photos/video of blood donations and conduct interviews with donors or experts with Rex Blood Services. For more information contact Alan Wolf at alan.wolf@rexhealth.com or (919) 784-4467.